Oberlin’s Multicultural Visit Program (MVP) is a selective, all-expenses-paid visit program for high-achieving high school seniors interested primarily in the College of Arts and Sciences.
We encourage applications from students from diverse backgrounds such as black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Hispanic/Latino/a/x, or Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander. To support socioeconomic diversity, the selection committee also will consider students from families with limited financial resources, regardless of cultural or racial background, as well as those who are among the first in their families to attend college (first generation). To be eligible, students must be a US citizen, permanent resident, or undocumented student living within the US, and must be currently residing in the US.
This is a selective program that seeks students serious about Oberlin and their education. High school seniors accepted to the program receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Oberlin to stay in residence halls, tour the campus, visit classes, attend admissions and financial aid workshops, and meet current students, professors, and staff.
Be aware of the application dates and deadlines for our 2019 Multicultural Visit Programs. Apply early if possible.
2019 Program Dates and Deadlines
|Program Date||Application Deadline|
|*October 10-12, 2019||September 16|
|November 14-16, 2019||October 21|
*Students applying Early Decision, to the Posse Scholars Program, or as a QuestBridge Match Scholar to another institution are only eligible to attend the October MVP.
The application for our fall Multicultural Visit Programs will be available July 20, 2019.
The application will include the following:
- Essay: Be prepared to answer the following in 300 words or less: Since 1835, Oberlin has been a leader in diversity, becoming the first school in the nation to admit black students and adopting a policy to admit students regardless of race or gender. Knowing this, what do you feel you can contribute to Oberlin’s community and commitment to diversity?
- High School Transcript: Must contain final grades from Spring 2019. Unofficial copies are acceptable.
- Self reported SAT or ACT scores: Reported by the student.
- Counselor Form: This form is sent to the counselor upon submission of application.
Students admitted to the program must complete and submit the Responsibility Acknowledgement Form in order to participate.
Review of applications is holistic and decisions are made on a rolling basis up to two weeks prior to the program date. MVP is a competitive program with limited space. We encourage students to apply early. Preference may be given to those who do.
Why should I attend MVP as opposed to a regularly scheduled visit?
MVP is the only all-expenses-paid visit program hosted by Oberlin College. It provides students the opportunity to learn more about Oberlin College and get a first-hand look at the diverse community and numerous resources that make up the Oberlin experience. During the visit, students take part in a structured program that includes specially arranged open houses, faculty meet and greets, and various other activities. MVP is longer (Thursday to Saturday) than regularly scheduled overnights and allows for more visits to dining halls, residence halls, and campus facilities.
Outside of visiting classes, what will I do while on campus?
Depending on the weekend, there are various concerts, speakers, and campus productions that participants can attend as well as open houses that introduce participants to the many resources available to Oberlin College students. Current Oberlin students also plan special events that MVP participants can attend.
What should I bring for my visit?
Students should be prepared to sleep on a dorm room floor, and should bring a sleeping bag, pillow, towel, and toiletries. We also recommend you bring a warm coat/jacket and other accessories for cold weather.
Can my parent or guardian accompany me during MVP?
Parents are welcome to visit Oberlin. However, parents are responsible for their own travel and hotel accommodations. Parents are also welcome to participate in a limited number of activities that will include a meal, but are otherwise required to provide their own meals. Please inform the admissions office in advance if you are a parent visiting while your student participates in the MVP Program.
How are flight schedules arranged?
An admissions staff member will arrange and confirm flights. Participants will be notified of their travel itinerary prior to leaving for Oberlin.
How will I get to and from the airport?
The student is responsible for transportation to the airport from home or school. Upon arrival at the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, students will be met by an admissions staff member and escorted to a shuttle to Oberlin with other participants. At the end of the program, students will be taken by shuttle to the Cleveland airport.
Where will I stay once I get to Oberlin?
Participants will be housed in a residence hall with a current student as their host. They will be paired with their hosts on the first evening of their visit.
Will my residence hall host be my guide while I'm on campus?
No, your host will assist you during your visit, but as a current student, the host may have a limited amount of time to spend with you during your stay. Admissions staff will be present throughout the weekend to facilitate your Oberlin experience.
How are meals taken care of during my visit?
All participants will be issued a dining card they can use at any of the dining halls on campus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Will I have an interview? Is it formal?
Yes, fall program participants are required to interview. Interviews are informal and conversational, lasting approximately 30 minutes. They may be conducted by admissions staff or senior student interns.
How many students attend each program?
The number of participants varies depending on the weekend. However, programs generally include anywhere from 20 to 40 participants.
What does the program cost?
MVP is an all-expenses-paid visit to Oberlin College. However, off-campus meals and checked bag fees are not included.
What if I’m unable to attend and my ticket was already purchased?
Participants, parents, or guardians, and guidance counselors are required to sign a statement of financial responsibility prior to travel arrangements being made. If a participant is unable to attend after a ticket is purchased, the participant will be required to reimburse Oberlin for the cost of the ticket.